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The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid Paperback – July 10, 2012
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After experiencing first hand the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and living in the impact zone where the power grid was destroyed and stayed down for weeks, I often wondered what it would be like if that situation was much more widespread and long-lasting. If a solar flare or EMP attack took out electrical power and shut down most forms of communication and transportation in North America, the aftermath would be far worse than that of any hurricane and there would be no sudden influx of crews from neighboring states to work around the clock to rebuild the grid. Grocery stores would soon be stripped bare and no delivery trucks would be running to replenish their stocks. People would become desperate in short order, especially in large urban areas where the limited supplies available would be quickly consumed. Far lesser events have shown that such desperation quickly strips away the thin veneer of civilization that keeps complex societies in order. Violence would become rampant, and law enforcement agencies would be overwhelmed and unable to protect the citizens of their jurisdictions. Those who would survive such chaos would have to act on their own and act quickly to seek safe refuge.
In The Pulse I chose to focus not on the technical aspects of the solar event or the subsequent rebuilding and reorganizing of civilization in the aftermath, but rather on the immediate concerns of two groups of characters. Casey Drager and her roommate, Jessica, are college students at Tulane University, in New Orleans. Casey's friend, Grant, an older graduate student who was living in the city after the devastation of Katrina, knows from experience that they have to get out and get out fast. Casey's father, who is especially close to his only daughter after the loss of her mother in a car accident years before, is away on a short sailing vacation in the Caribbean with his brother when the pulse strikes. Among islands a thousand miles from the U.S. mainland and suddenly cut off from all communication with his daughter, Artie is desperate to find out if she is okay. Like any father in such a predicament, Artie Drager will do everything in his power to find his daughter, but with no transportation back to North America faster than his brother's sailboat, he has no way of knowing if she will still be there when he finally reaches New Orleans. Obstacles and dangers await both parties as they deal with their situations as best they can; and everyone involved has to quickly adapt to the new reality of a world without the safety net of technology and organized society.
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Unlike other prepping/survival writers out there, Williams isn't exactly a zombie apocolypse kind of guy. The Pulse is fiction, but it holds true to Williams' even-keeled teachings. His characters are down to earth. Some may have some specialized experiences, or have acquired useful knowledge, but other are struggling to learn as they go. They have old aluminum canoes and basic camping gear. No one espcapes in a Humvee, wears tactical gear, lives in a fortified compound, or carries an assault weapon. Williams' story is entertaining and his messages are clear: preparation is critical; you can be prepared without spending a fortune; knowledge and skill are more important than brawn and gadgetry. Even if you don't think of yourself as a prepper, The Pulse is a fun read -- and you'll learn a lot without even realizing it.
And for those of us who remember 1989 when a solar flare knocked out portions of the grid in Canada (leaving millions of people without power) The Pulse will stir up some ghosts.
I specifically purchased The Pulse based on the good reviews and because it had not been self-published, since my experiences with SP books have been poor. Unfortunately, this book seems unedited.
I had to go back and make sure Ulysses Press wasn't a vanity press. It seems it isn't. Perhaps the problem lies in the submission guidelines, where Ulysses says they don't accept fiction. They do handle disaster survival books, and I guess that's why they took this on. But their inexperience in the genre shows.
Pay no attention to some of the vacuous negative reviews about this book: The lamentable thing about the Internet is that it has made it possible for people who have rarely entertained an original thought to post their opinions as if they.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read believable plot good switches fr what happens for family members caught far away. And what the family goes through to to reunitePublished 17 days ago by Jim and Kathy Schutt
Very intertaining plot.. could happen today to all of us. Doubt if i would survive without my meds.
Great book, some good ideas are in it. Bit wordy in some areas trying to get too In depth with the characters!Published 6 months ago by Cherokee Kid
started strong but became predictable and tedious. Some events not realistic and ending disappointing straining credibility.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good mix of detail and action. I enjoy both sailing and backwoods so this was a great blend. I'll keep reading the series.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer